Showing posts with label Aloe vera. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aloe vera. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ALOE VERA and Women

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Aloe vera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here are some reasons why aloe vera is beneficial to the female species:

1. Digestion. Aloe vera improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. It helps in elimination of toxins without causing diarrhea. It also reduces yeast content subsequently enhancing growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes and more - aloe is hailed as one of nature's super food to fight against debilitating modern gastro-intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome which affects mostly women.
2. Constipation remedy. Generally speaking, females are prone to constipation. Yes, a woman is constipated easily just because she is a woman. For instance, women are often constipated before menstruation. This is due to higher level of female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Also fluids that flow to the colon to soften the stools are retained in other parts of the body. The aforementioned hormones also increase during pregnancy. It is important especially for pregnant women to know that the yellow bitter sap is the power laxative and should be avoided. The transparent gel should be used for a gentler constipation relief. Due to lack of medical research, pregnant women and young children are generally advised against using aloe. However, there are many quality stabilized aloe gel products that claim to ward off constipation during pregnancy plus supplying folic acid to prevent birth defect.
3. Natural skin care ingredient. The aloe gel can be used as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask; treat acne, wrinkles, rashes and a range of skin problems. If a woman could put up with the unflattering smell of the plant, she got to take care of almost all the needs of her skin and she doesn't have to buy too many bottles of skin care products.
4. Teeth and gum care. Dentists who use aloe gel in their practice find that it disinfects, reduces pain and inflammation after surgery. In fact, it is better than some anti-inflammatory drugs as it does not become toxic to cell tissues after a period of time unlike drugs. Open wounds in the mouth that usually take three days to heal, got healed in one day when aloe is used. Fresh aloe gel as toothpaste may taste bitter, however it does cleanse the teeth, fight plaque formation and reportedly stop gum diseases.
5. Heal cuts and infections. Aloe gel penetrates beneath the skin, replacing fluids without stopping oxygen from reaching the injured location. This way, the cut heals faster and chances of scarring reduced. This wonderful healing property of aloe is widely acknowledged as it is used as a base for wound dressing even for cancer patients in the hospitals. A woman should stand by aloe in case of injury to her face or, her children.

In conclusion: Aloe vera provides nutrients fundamental to a woman's health. Aloe vera gives a woman glowing skin and radiant smile. It is also a handy home remedy for her family. So blessed are women whose circumstances allow them to grow aloe and who take the effort to do so.


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Must Have Ingredients Of ANTI WRINKLE CREME

Aruba is known for its Aloe vera
Aruba is known for its Aloe vera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anti-wrinkle cream brings life back into the skin where needed to repair and rejuvenate the skin. Unfortunately, many anti-aging creams on the market do not work as advertised. They contain very little of the ingredients stated on the label, and some products may only temporarily help the skin look better on the surface. For lasting skin care results, you'll want an anti-aging cream that contains a high concentrate of important active ingredients.

One Key Ingredient for Anti Wrinkle Creams - Aloe Vera

Look for anti wrinkle creams that contain the ingredient aloe vera. Aloe vera comes from plant juice and is completely natural. It has been used for years as a healing remedy for skin cuts and burns, and the medical and herbal world are now exploring its remarkable anti-aging properties. 

Anti-aging creams with aloe vera (particularly aloe vera barbadendis leaf juice) can help rejuvenate the skin without harsh chemicals and unwanted side effects. Natural anti-aging skin care products such as Rejuvion contain a base of aloe vera, meaning all other ingredients are mixed into the main constituent of aloe vera.

L-Carnosine (Endymion)

Another important ingredient to look for in an anti-wrinkle cream is L-Carnosine, or Endymion, which combines two amino acids called beta-alanine and L-histidine. This ingredient enhances the body's ability to rejuvenate cells, or make old cells younger and extend the cell's life cycle. It can also help other bodily functions such as protecting healthy cells from radiation damage, fighting allergies, improving blood flow to the brain, and many other functions.

Tamanu Oil

A helpful ingredient found in some anti-wrinkle creams is Tamanu oil, which comes from the Tamanu tree. This oil is an amazing topical healing oil for the skin and has antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, and antimicrobial properties. It has been used in various countries around the world for many purposes including skin rashes, cuts, sores, chapped lips, arthritis, diaper rash, skin allergies, boils, burns, gout, and ringworm.

Other Ingredients for Skin Care and Rejuvenation

These are only a few important ingredients, but there are many others to look for on skin care product labels. A blend of the above plus a healthy concentrate of the following ingredients can create lasting results: shea butter, mango seed butter, camellia sinesis leaf, avocado oil, alpha arbutin, hydrolysed collagen, sodium hyaluronate, ubiquinone, phytonadione, methylsulfonylmethane, sweet almond oil, evening primrose, Centella Asiatica leaf extract, vitamin B5, and sorbitan oleate. 



These ingredients and others each have a purpose in the anti-wrinkle cream to help your skin look and feel healthier than ever. Buying online is the easiest way to find an effective anti-aging cream. Be sure the online retailer lists the active ingredients in the cream, and read information about possible side effects before making a purchase. Check out online anti-aging skin care products to find a cream that blends these crucial ingredients for maximum results.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Homemade ALOE VERA Soap

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Homemade ALOE VERA SOAP can be a very useful product. Even in houses where allergies and sensitive skin aren't prevalent, there are still many benefits to using soap that is aloe vera-based and not created from chemical products. A lot of people make their own soaps because it is so simple, and often have a specific scent or type of product that they like to include that might not be found in soaps that you can buy at the store. Making aloe vera soap is a very simple process, and allows you to have better cleansing products without having to spend a fortune at specialty stores.

Start your homemade aloe vera soap project by grating the soap base into a heat-resistant bowl. Glycerin soap and hypoallergenic soap are two popular choices to use as a base. Use 2 cups of this soap as a base, and then add 1/4 cup of aloe gel that is fresh from a plant. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and leave it until the materials have melted and blended themselves into one. If you want to add scents or textures, you will need to let the mixture cool for a little bit. If you don't, you can simply put your soap into a mold that is coated with Vaseline for easy removal. Refrigerate the soap overnight and then set it in a dry, airy place in your home for about 3 weeks so it can dry completely.

Making homemade aloe vera soap is something that many people enjoy because it offers a great alternative to store bought soaps and also to the messy nature of using liquid aloe or gel-based cleansing products. Anyone can make their own homemade soaps quickly and easily, regardless of their abilities or experience in making soap. This is a great way to get the skincare products that you need without the hassle or expense of searching for them in stores near you.



Having an aloe plant thriving in your garden, or even indoors on your windowsill, is well worth the effort. The gel the plant produces has a multitude of uses and its elegant appearance is a feature in any landscape.

    Grace Quill is a keen gardener and while having great respect for modern medicine, having worked in the industry for over twenty years, she is an advocate of common sense natural healing where appropriate. She and her husband live a contented life in a mudbrick house surrounded by native bush. Grace's current goal is to slowly turn her light green lifestyle into a truly environmentally friendly one.  
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Does ALOE VERA Work For ACNE?

The healing potential of aloe vera has been known since times immemorial. Aloe exerts unmistakably soothing effects on the skin. Using aloe vera has rapidly become one of the best natural means to get relief from acne without having to visit the doctor.

Aloe vera is known to speed up the healing process, help relieve the pain, redness, and inflammation associated with acne outbreaks. Aloe vera also has antibacterial properties that help speed up the process of clearing up of the acne and also prevent infection from continuing. However, it is important to realize that it is never wise to use aloe vera to treat deeper lesions or severely infected lesions as the healing process is slower in these instances. And it is not wise to apply any topical preparations in these instances without medical recommendation. It is in these cases that Aloe vera capsules come in handy as they are taken orally and are not applied directly to the skin. It would always be wise to use an oral preparation of aloe vera for its systemic benefits beyond superficial effects.


Aloe vera is often available as a spray, liquid, gel, lotion, cream or capsule. These preparations can be availed without a doctor's prescription. Before buying an aloe preparation make sure that the ingredients contain the highest potency of aloe and are free from additives. Make sure that you do not accidentally get the creams, lotions or sprays into the eyes.

One more precaution to take when using a topical preparation of aloe is to test whether you are allergic to it. Just apply a small amount of the preparation to a small area of the skin and wait for 5-10 minutes. If there is no reaction then you are not allergic. If you develop any redness or itch then you might be allergic to the product (not necessarily the aloe but could be any of the additives). Wash off with warm water and then seek a medical opinion.

The bottom-line is that Aloe vera works wonderfully well for acne lesions and is an effective home remedy for acne sufferers. Oral Aloe vera is an attractive alternative to fight acne outbreaks and also prevent recurrences plus taking aloe orally offers a multitude of systemic benefits.




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Herbal Cancer Treatment - ALOE VERA

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Aloe Vera - Photo  by oliver.savage 
Aloe is indigenous to Africa but it is being cultivated all over the world. The best well known and common species of aloe is of course aloe vera, but actually there over 300 other species of aloe. Aloe Vera has been used for treatments and as a remedy since ancient times. Aloe is mostly safe to use for humans both topically and orally and is reported to be non-toxic even when injected in high doses.

Aloe has been studied extensively in Japan, Russia and also in Madagascar. There is a lot of evidence that aloe is useful as a non-specific immune stimulator and immune modulator. Not only is aloe a potential adjuvant therapy for cancer, it is also valuable for patients who immune functions have been compromised by mainstream therapies.

In studies carried out in 1980 and 1981 at the Pasteur Institute in Madagascar, the researchers found out that mice given a hypodermic injection of unrefined Aloe vahombe extract were all safe against infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae, Yersinia pestis, Candida albicans fungus and Plasmodium berghei parasites. In 1988 it was found that aloe inhibited the metabolism of arachidonic acid. One product of this acid suppresses the activity of immune cells that are part of the body's surveillance against cells of the cancer.

An evaluation of antimetastatic properties of aloe[ usefulness in potentiating the effectiveness of chemotherapy was carried out by two Russian researchers. They found out from their research that aloe treatment contributed to a reduction of the mass of the tumor, metastasis frequency and metastatic foci at different stages of tumor progress without affecting major tumor growth, using three types of experimental tumors in rats and mice.

S.Y. Peng in another animal study found that acemannan increased sarcomabearing mice survival. Acemannan, in both highly purified and enriched forms, was administered intraperitoneally to mice to which murine sarcoma cells had been subcutaneously implanted. The invasive, highly malignant and rapidly growing sarcoma grew in 100% of implanted control animals. This resulted in in mortality in 20 to 46 days. About 40% of animals treated with acemannan at the time of implantation of the tumor cell (1.5 x 10(6) cells) survived.



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Saturday, October 7, 2017

How to Make Your Own ALOE VERA Moisturizer

Aloe has been known in the cosmetic industry as an effective treatment for acne and dry flaky skin. It contains healing and soothing properties to help heal sunburned skin no wonder a lot of sunscreens use aloe as one of the active ingredients. Making your own aloe vera moisturizer at home is very easy and you don't have to worry about harsh chemicals that can cause allergic reactions to your skin. If you want a simple moisturizer, you can mix one part of raw aloe vera gel to one part of mineral or distilled water. Heat this mixture in a double boiler until it forms into a cream. This is great for dry, sore or sunburned skin. You can apply it on your elbows, knees or any rough skin in your body.



An aloe vera moisturizer is also great when used as an anti-aging cream. We all know how expensive anti-aging products are and most of them do not really work. We get carried away by advertisements and we just end up throwing away our hard-earned money and being disappointed. To make your own at home, you need:

- 1 tbsp. Aloe Vera gel

- 1 tbsp. beeswax

- 2 tbsp. lanolin

- 2 tbsp. rose water

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 2 to 3 drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, lemon or rose)

Combine the lanolin and beeswax together, melt them in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds. Mix the olive oil and aloe vera gel in a large bowl using a wire whisk. The aloe will help hydrate the skin, it also contains plumping agents to keep the skin looking young. With regular use, your wrinkles will be less visible. Combine the two mixtures together with the use of a rubber spatula. Beat until you get a very smooth consistency. Add the rose water and the essential oil. Keep beating until the aloe vera moisturizer is thick and creamy.

Pour the mixture into a clean jar that you can tightly seal. You can use and store the moisturizer for up to 4 weeks. Use it every morning and night after cleansing and toning your face.




Friday, September 15, 2017

ALOE VERA and Cancer

English: Bud of aloe vera flowers
Bud of aloe vera flowers
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
As I earlier said that nature always has a cure for the diseases it creates. And one such recently discovered natural cure of cancer is found in Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is plant grown in the African countries and is known for centuries to counter a million diseases including cancer.

You have 200 different types of cell in your body, which usually all life, grow and multiply in harmony. For example, you always have just the right number of liver cells and white blood cells because there are many different signals that control how much and how often your cells divide. If any of these signals are faulty or missing, a cell may start to grow and multiply too much - the beginning of cancer. This can happen in almost any type of cell, anywhere in your body. That's why there are many types of cancer like breast cancer, cervix cancer, etc, each word refers to the place where the uncontrolled growth has taken place.

We don't need to discuss cancer here, as most of you reading this article are already suffering or have a kin who is suffering from cancer. What we need to discuss is the natural cure for cancer that is Aloe Vera and how it can cure cancer.

It is clear from research conducted throughout the world over the past thirty years that Aloe vera and, in particular, certain specific substances in the plant - have very dramatic and impressive anti-cancer effects. Aloe Vera has been demonstrated to enhance the immune system's response to cancer, promote the growth of new and healthy cells, and reduce the overall viral load within the body thereby revitalizing the body in its fight against cancer.

Research has shown that Aloe vera use can double the number of both "killer" and "helper" T-cells within three weeks and at the same time reduce the P-24 core antigen - the overall indicator of viral load in the body. Interferon and interleukin production is stimulated, attacking cancer and viruses in the body. Lectins and emodines are two anti-tumor chemicals in Aloe vera which, along with an increase in the tumor necrosis factor brought about by Aloe vera, begin to destroy malignant cancer tumors.

So..less tumors mean less cancer. It said that the body is always fighting with cancer tumors, but these are miniatures and have no effect on the body. This means that everyone around suffers from mild cancer. But it is only when these cells multiply uncontrollably its called cancer.

You can consume Aloe Vera as a juice extracted from the leaf of the plant, but the recommended method is to take in aloe vera supplements. You can consider taking Aloe Vera supplements.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Using HERBS to Relieve Hemorrhoids - Aloe Vera, Bilberry and Butcher"s Broom

To relieve hemorrhoids first look for ways to get your bowels moving easier and more frequently so they produce softer stools. I have suggested ways, in other articles, to do this by changing your diet.

Any straining and puffing you do to push hard or even soft stools out during a bowel movement will aggravate your hemorrhoids and can lead to bleeding and pain.

Aloe Vera in HDR
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When completing a bowel movement, make sure you are using the softest tissue available so that when you clean yourself you don’t scrape or aggravate your hemorrhoids. You can also use a pre-moisten tissue. Just make sure that the tissue you use is not colored or scented because these chemical additives can aggravate your hemorrhoids. You may have to take a shower a couple times a day to keep your rectum area clean.

Here are three natural remedies that you can use to aid in eliminating your hemorrhoids.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel is an astringent that helps to heal open wounds. It is useful in hemorrhoids by applying the gel directly onto your anus. The best type of gel for this is directly from the aloe plant. If you don’t have one, then 100% organic whole leaf aloe gel is second best. You can get this organic aloe at a health food or nutrition store.

If you have a fresh plant, wash a leaf thoroughly with distilled water. Peel it on one side, bend it with the peeled side outward, and slip it into your anus. This will provide you with pain relief and reduce your hemorrhoid bleeding. Just trim down the leaf so it slides into your anus easily.

Aloe Vera juice, that you drink, is also good for hemorrhoids. It helps to soften your stools and to activate peristaltic action. If you like aloe juice, then drink around 1/2 a cup of Aloe Vera juice three time a day.

You can add 1/4 or 1/3 part aloe juice to a cup of apple juice to make the taste easier to handle. To make this aloe-apple juice more effective, add 10 drops of barberry extract.

Barberry is an astringent for blood vessel congestion along the colon and rectum. It will improve blood circulation; it stimulates the immune system to resist disease, and will tone body tissues. It also is capable of stopping bleeding hemorrhoids.

Blaeberry (Bilberry)  in Flower
Photo by Eskling (cc)

Bilberry

Bilberry’s active ingredients are flavanoids. Bilberry contains chemical called “anthocyanosides.” This fruit like herb has been used in Europe for a long time. In clinical studies, it has shown to be effective in treating weak capillaries by strengthening their walls.

Buy the 25% standardized formula and take 100 mg three times a day of bilberry. Bilberry will give you hemorrhoid relief.

Butchers Broom.  Ruscus aculeatus
Photo by gailhampshire (cc)

Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom, an evergreen bush, has a history of being used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. As an extract, it contains “ruscogenins”, which can narrow blood vessels and decrease their inflammation and swelling. It strengthens and tones veins and capillary walls. Take 100 mg of butcher’s broom three times a day. Use the type that has 9-11% ruscogenins.

Now you can use either of the three herbal remedies for hemorrhoid relief. If one is not working to good, try the other. Once you have gotten the hemorrhoid relief that you want stop using the herbal remedy.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ALOE VERA - A Miracle Plant

The Aloe vera plant is an African succulent that is popular in folk remedies. Today, you can find Aloe vera outside Africa since it is a popular garden plant, especially in dry areas where gardens must be created with the climate in mind. Aloe vera is also commercially cultivated all over the world to be used in folk medicines. Outside Africa, you will find the largest Aloe vera farms in the Mediterranean region, the United States, the Caribbean and Japan. An Aloe vera plant will also do well indoors, but keep in mind that it can grow very large and need re-potting.

Aloe Vera - Photo by arijitg 
Just like all the other succulent plants, the Aloe vera can store large amounts of water. This is an adaptation to a life in regions susceptible to droughts. Wild Aloe vera is commonly found in regions that experience large temperature differences between day and night. When the dew falls, the Aloe vera can absorb the moist and use it to survive. The Aloe vera will store water in its large fleshy leaves. Inside an Aloe vera leaf, you will find a clear jellylike liquid. This liquid forms the base of the Aloe vera juice that is so popular in folk medicine. If you grow your own Aloe vera plant, you can use the gel directly instead of converting it into Aloe vera juice. The gel is for instance used on minor injuries and burns since many people find it soothing and pain relieving. It also has antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera can also be used internally, but the scientific studies regarding its affects on the human body is still limited and internal Aloe vera treatments should therefore always be embarked on with caution. Discussing the treatment with a licenses medical professional is recommended. Internal Aloe vera treatment is popular among patients suffering from heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders and other digestive problems. It is suspected that the antibacterial property of the Aloe vera is the cause of the relief reported by many patients.

In commercially available Aloe vera remedies, it is usually Aloe vera juice that forms the active ingredient. If you by low-quality Aloe vera remedies, they might not have been made from pure Aloe vera juice. If other parts of the plant enter the remedy, the treatment can act as a strong laxative. This effect is cause by the so called Aloe vera latex that is located in special cells, the so called pericyclic tubules, which are found along the inner skin of the Aloe vera leaf. Proper processing methods are necessary to ensure that no latex enter the Aloe vera juice. If you experience unwanted laxative effects or cramps when using medications containing Aloe vera, you should refrain from using it and try to find a better manufacturer that can provide you with high-quality Aloe vera products.

Never use Aloe vera internally if you are currently using oral corticosteroids, since Aloe vera will interact with this medication. Beclomethasone, Prednisone and Methylprednisolone are three common examples of oral corticosteroids. The combination can cause potassium deficiency and poisoning.

Psyllium will also be affected by the active compounds in Aloe vera, and combining the two remedies are therefore unadvisable. If you still choose to do so, you should make sure that you never ingest them simultaneously. Allow at least two hours to pass before you take the second drug.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Uses Of ALOE VERA In Modern And Folk Medicines

The healing benefits of aloe vera have been recorded throughout the world's history for thousands of years, but only recently has modern medicine placed the "miracle plant" under laboratory investigation and began to unlock the deep secrets of aloe's amazing chemical composition.


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Aloe vera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aloe has such unique healing abilities, proven scientifically, like no other plant. There have been many studies on aloe. The key ingredient in aloe vera is mucopolysaccharides [MPS] (long-chain sugars) that have very strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-tumor and immunomodulatory properties proven scientifically. Many articles on aloe's remarkable healing abilities were published in the most prestigious medicinal magazines.

Even if you think it is easier just to buy a commercial aloe product, like gel or juice, it is still not going to be the same as aloe gel squeezed from a fresh aloe leaf because many aloe products on the market are either diluted or improperly processed. While traditional medicine has been using aloe as part of some drugs or cosmetic products for decades, folk medicine has been using aloe for a few thousand years and has built up an impressive collection of home remedies for many ailments.

There are two ways to prepare aloe gel at home: a regular method and a biogenic stimulation method. The biogenic stimulation method is very easy to do at home. It is a powerful weapon against tumors and serious illnesses, like stomach cancer, tuberculosis, radiation burns and mastopathy. This method was proven scientifically in 1930s and has already been successfully used by traditional and folk medicines in treating various diseases in the last 70 years.

Aloe vera can be used externally and internally.

Aloe vera gel used externally helps with acne, sunburns, thermal and radiation burns, boils, dandruff, gum sores, dermatitis, edemas, hemorrhoids, inflammation in the eyes, insect bites and stings, psoriasis, skin rashes and irritations, ulcers, varicose veins, warts, wounds and wrinkles. When you apply freshly squeezed aloe vera gel on the affected area of the skin, it creates a protective coating which speeds up the healing process, decreases swelling and redness, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, promotes synthesis of collagen in tissue and prevents blisters in case of burns.



Taken internally, it reduces inflammation which is involved in such diseases as ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and gastritis, helps with the reduction of blood sugar with both type I and II diabetes and has a powerful healing effect on AIDS, cancer, tumors and many different immune system disorders. Mucopolysaccharides found in aloe vera are very effective intracellular antioxidants which is very important in preventing and treating arteriosclerosis, heart disorders and Parkinson's disease.

Today home remedies have become more and more popular because people have become aware of the harmful side effects of synthetic drugs.

If you are interested in treating your health problems naturally, with home remedies that cost just pennies, download today the report Aloe - Your Miracle Doctor, which is filled with over 150 tested home remedies.

    By Yulia Berry
    Yulia Berry is a professional makeup artist. It has been her passion to collect the most interesting natural home remedies, healthy diet plans, and beauty and makeup tips from different countries. She spent a few years researching alternative cures and healthy dieting. A part of her huge collection has been published on the website Great Home Remedies. In September 2007 she released her ebook Aloe - Your Miracle Doctor where over 150 unique and tested home remedies based on an aloe vera plant were published for the first time.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Over Training - ALOE VERA And Probiotics

Over training, also described as chronic fatigue, burnout and staleness has been defined as an imbalance between physical and/or psychological stress, training or competition and recovery. Early stages of over training result from 'too much throttle and no breaking' and are called the orthosympathetic form whilst in more advanced stages, your orthosympathetic tone gets exhausted enabling its opposite number, the parasympathetic system to become dominant.


The orthosympathetic overtrainee is in permanent 'fight or flight' mode. Both fight and flight should be incidental challenges during which your adrenal glands pump out hormones like adrenaline (epinephrine), noradrenalin (norepinephrine) and cortisol, whilst indirectly raising human growth hormone (HGH) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). These glands however are sprinter organs, they were not designed to cope with a marathon.

The parasympathetic over trainee mimics some of Addison's disease symptoms hence it is referred to as Addisonoid over training. The marathon of fight and flight has exhausted the adrenal sprinter glands and they now fail to regulate hormonal concentrations properly, this now is a serious problem. On routine blood work the overtainee is likely to show progressive anemias with low haemoglobin and low haematocrit.

Athletes primarily complain of under performance of course, other common symptoms are progressively susceptibility to common infections and injury, persistent high levels of fatigue, heavy muscles and depression. As said, an athletes' reaction to under performance is often to increase training rather than to rest which exacerbates their recovery deficit (I am tired, but I feel better after exercise, so I exercise is the strategic equivalent of flogging a dead horse). Often symptoms are ignored until performance is chronically affected.

Sleep disturbances like having difficulty in getting to sleep, waking up in the night and waking un-refreshed are experienced by some 90% of athletes suffering from over training. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, loss of weight, loss of competitive drive, increased emotional instability such as depression, anxiety, irritability and mental exhaustion, poor attitude to training and musculoskeletal soreness.

A simple DIY monitoring system is by checking the morning heart rate. Take your pulse immediately upon waking whilst still in bed. If your waking pulse any day is elevated by more than 8 beats/minute above its average level for the preceding week you are falling into over training.

Alternatively check your morning body weight, the weekly average weight should not vary by more than 2lbs. If it drops by more than 3lbs on any day from a previous stable body weight you are falling into over training.

As far as laboratory tests go, a useful immunological marker for excessive exercise is salivary IgA whilst a useful stress marker is Cortisol/DHEA. The stress hormones Cortisol and DHEA are not released constantly throughout the day, but are secreted in a cycle called the circadian rhythm (highest values being in the morning and the lowest at night). When the adrenal glands become exhausted (parasympathetic phase) Cortisol and DHEA in the blood stream become imbalanced. Adrenal Stress Index uses four saliva samples to measure the adrenal rhythm and gives you a DHEA to Cortisol correlation. Of course hypothalamic-pituitary impairment of the corticotrophic axis causing adrenal insufficiency should be taken into account and specific testing of hypothalamus and pituitary gland may be considered.

Three common pathways for over training are:
  • intensity / load excess
  • recovery deficit
  • nutritional deficiency

To remedy the first two you need to lower stress load and increase recovery time. In severe over training athletes should stop training entirely for 7-14 days, increase sleep to 9 hours of solid sleep a night and increase broad spectrum antioxidant intake to 200% of usual intake.



To support the adrenal glands you can supplement with good quality organic glandular extracts from government inspected, New Zealand or Australia free range animals that have not been fed hormones or antibiotics. Or you can use a complex homeopathic remedy like Glandula Suprarenalis Suis-Injeel (Forte). Appropriate supplementation with good quality DHEA should only be considered if an abnormal adrenal stress test dictates this.

To remedy the last point you need to combine a right-for-you wholefood diet and should consider Aloeride® and probiotics. Combined ignorance and arrogance has many athletes train 3 - 4x /wk without fuelling their bodies appropriately. The famous 5Ps: poor preparation produces poor performance open the gates towards over training, injury, degenerative changes and illness.

Improving the immune system of athletes helps reduce the number and length of infections suffered by them. The large, highly immune modulating aloeride fraction within Aloeride® together with good probiotics do exactly that. Also they improve the uptake of necessary nutrients. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial - published in Br J Sports Med. 2008 Feb 13 - was conducted in Australia over a four-month period of winter training of twenty healthy, elite male distance runners. The conclusion was that prophylactic administration of probiotics was associated with a substantial reduction in the number of days and severity of respiratory illness in a cohort of highly trained distance runners likely due to a two-fold (p=0.07) greater change in whole-blood culture interferon gamma (IFN-fx) compared with placebo.

Athletes, anoraks or anybody else suffering from an imbalance between physical and/or psychological stress, training or competition and recovery should change that balance, and ingest Aloeride®, probiotics and highly absorbable wholefood nutrition to recover.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

5 ALOE VERA Juice Recipes That Make You Feel Great

Why Raw Juice?

We all know it's about fresh, raw, natural, organic, tasty, invigorating, nutrient and vitamin-rich goodness when it comes to juicing at home. However, what you may not know is adding a little fresh Aloe Vera Gel to your daily fresh juice can give you a fantastic boost of energy (and not just short term), as well as turn your tasty treat into a downright health tonic you won't want to miss out on. You can easily make-your-own juice in minutes in your own kitchen from the freshest produce you can get your hands on.

Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and beneficial phytochemicals (plant chemicals). These juices act as cleansing agents eliminating toxins and other unwanted morbid matter from the system immediately. Raw juices are easily digested and absorbed and are also superb for those with a poor appetite, nausea, digestive problems or an inflamed stomach or intestines. They have proved to be effective in the treatment of a number of disorders and diseases including Liver, Heart, Kidney, Colds, Flu, Arthritis, Acne, Colitis, Diarrhea, Insomnia, Obesity plus many more.

Aloe vera in Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria, Spain
Aloe vera in Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Raw juices are absorbed by the blood-stream within about 10 minutes after ingestion, making you feel alert, wide awake and refreshed. It is the most perfect fuel because it's easily assimilated and tends to cleanse and nurture the body while supplying it with a full range of essential nutrients. Fresh juice naturally detoxifies and heals the body by stimulating and healing the elimination and detoxification organs such as the gallbladder, liver, intestines and kidneys. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice as well as Aloe Vera Gel are also highly alkalinizing, thereby impeding the growth of harmful bacteria and virus in the body.

Of course there are dozens of juicing recipes around, which can all have a dash of Aloe Vera Gel added. You won't need much to get started on your Aloe Vera juicing journey, just some great fresh fruit and vegetables of your choice, or those I have suggested below, a juicer (available at most good department stores), an aloe vera plant (bought from a reputable nursery to ensure it is actual Aloe Vera also known as Aloe Barbadensis), and you're on your way.

Recipe To Make Your Own Aloe Vera Gel

Firstly get a nice size Aloe Vera plant from a reputable plant nursery. Cut a few thick fleshy leaves at the base near the stem. Rinse the cut part of the leaf thoroughly, peel off outer layer of skin. Rinse the remaining gel to get rid of any latex residue. Put the gel into a blender and add a little Vitamin C powder or Citric Acid powder to stabilize the gel. If it is too thick to blend, just add a little purified water.

Please take note: for internal use of Aloe Vera make sure you rinse off the brown exudate, called latex, from the open cut of the leaf as well as the gel, as this can have a strong (and usually unwanted) laxative effect. If done properly you shouldn't have a problem. I have been using Aloe Vera from my garden for years now, and by being meticulous about rinsing it properly I haven't had an issue with it. Usually keeps in the fridge for a few weeks, depends on your fridge of course.

5 Aloe Vera Juice Recipes:

1. Carrot-A-Licious

This one is a definite family favourite. Easy to drink, sweet and downright yummy.

2 Carrots 2 Green Apples (or any apples you have)
1 Orange (peeled)
Put ingredients though a juicer, add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel, drink immediately.

2. Pineapple Paradise

Seeing as I live in the tropics, I'm very partial to this combination. I also sometimes add a few tablespoons of Coconut Milk to increase the anti-bacterial and anti-viral content. This is a must-try.

1 to 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple
1 Carrot
1 Green Apple
Put ingredients though a juicer, add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel, drink immediately.

3. Zippy Zinger

If you love the tropics, you'll love this one. Easy on the tummy.

A small piece of Ginger (to taste)
2 Carrots 2 Pears
Half a small Red Papaya (known as Pawpaw in Australia)
Put ingredients though a juicer, add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel, drink immediately.

4. Beetroot Bliss

A great pick-me-up tonic. If you are unfamiliar with beetroot juice go easy at first, use just a small wedge. It can be a little overpowering. Tastes rich and earthy.

One quarter of small beetroot
2 large carrots
1 stalk of celery
Put ingredients though a juicer, add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel, drink immediately.

5. Cranberry Quencher

For those of you lucky enough to have this powerful fruit available to you fresh, I have included this recipe. Genuine cranberry juice is a powerful weapon in fighting colds and flu as well as being renowned for it's benefits to kidney function. Fresh cranberry juice is far superior nutritionally to the bottled on-the-shelf variety.

As Cranberries have a heavy acid content, when juicing, use one or two handfuls in a glass. Fill the rest with freshly juiced apple, otherwise it will be too tart. Put ingredients though a juicer, add 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel, drink immediately.



A Bit About The Raw Ingredients

Apples: A good source of Vitamin A in the form of Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, vitamin K and Folate, plus smaller amounts of Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2, B3, Biotin and Vitamin E. A note on Apples Pips/Seeds: Apple pips contain small amounts of Cyanide. While you would need to eat an awful lot of apples to suffer any ill effects, I like to remove the apple cores along with pips when juicing.

Beetroot: A good source of Folic Acid and Vitamin C, plus they contain small amounts of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and Vitamin A in the form of Beta-Carotene.

Carrots: Very high in Vitamin A - this comes in the safe form of Beta-Carotene which the body is able to convert to Vitamin A as required. Also contains Vitamin K and Vitamin C, plus smaller amounts of the B complex vitamins and Vitamin E.

Cranberries: Rich in Antioxidants and the chemical Quinine which is used to treat arthritis.

Ginger : Stimulates circulation and aids digestion it can also ease motion sickness and nausea.

Oranges: As well as being an excellent source of Vitamin C, orange juice contains Vitamin A, Potassium, Calcium, and Phosphorous. It even contains small amounts of all the essential amino acids which the body can use to make and repair healthy tissue and muscles.

Papaya: Known as "the medicine tree" in Africa, rich in Beta-Carotene and Soluble Fibre, while papain, an enzyme extracted from papaya, aids digestive problems.

Pears: Promote cardiovascular and colon health. The Copper in pears stimulates white blood cells to fight infections.

Pineapple: An excellent source of Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin A, vitamin K, and B complex vitamins (not B12) and Bromelain which is a powerful digestive enzyme that can destroy bad bacteria and parasites, help digest protein, and may prevent the formation of blood clots. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory and is known to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body, beneficial for arthritis suffers, and to promote healing after injury.

The above recipes are not recommended to replace medical care and attention, they are intended for general use only. If you have health concerns or are on any medications please consult your health care professional before attempting to use any of the above recipes.

5 Aloe Vera Juice Recipes That Make You Feel Great are just to get you started, go ahead and experiment with your own favourite fruits and vegetables and don't forget the Aloe.

    Anne Edwards has maintained an active interest in health for over 20 years, researching and finding natural remedies that actually work. She gained her broad knowledge base through necessity while battling a number of debilitating illnesses throughout her life. As a qualified Counsellor, she also has a special interest in mental health issues. You can find her website at: http://www.freehealthxchange.com

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Friday, March 17, 2017

How Does ALOE VERA Juice Help With Constipation?

Aloe vera (in house, Belgium)
Aloe vera (in house, Belgium)
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
Aloe vera is known to be a very popular remedy for lots of diseases. It has also been proven to be effective in curing constipation. The juice that comes from the herb leaf is a good tool to help relax the muscles in the digestive tract. This will help to regulate the movement of the stomach and the rest of the digestive system. It is pretty understandable how aloe vera juice helps with constipation because of the many benefits we get from the herb. 

It helps promote regular bowel movements which in turn will relief constipation problems. It also has big effects in the colon. When the colon is always cleansed, the bowel movement will regulate and perform well in the flushing of toxins out of the body. These toxins are actually what cause the constipation.

When there are no bowel and toxins left inside the body, you will always be free of constipation. That is what the aloe vera juice does. It has enzymes that restore the healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. That way, there would be a balance against the bad bacteria that are ruining the movement inside the stomach and the intestines.

There are also findings of how aloe vera juice helps with constipation by healing the damaged walls inside the digestive system. Due to the toxins that are trapped inside, the cell walls are being damaged. If we take aloe vera juice regularly, it will be cured effectively. The antifungal and antibacterial compounds in the herb help treat the damaged areas inside the digestive system. This will help regulate all the movements inside.

To make the aloe vera juice, mix in pure aloe vera gels. You can get these directly from the herb plant. Just cut the leaves open and then take the inside part. Add water to the gel. You can also add some other ingredients like honey to smoothen the taste. By drinking this juice twice each day for about 16 days, you will sure to ease the problems of constipation.

The methods of how aloe vera juice helps with constipation have been used for centuries. Even the Egyptians have used it for the treatment of lots of health problems including constipation. The herb is such a wondrous natural medicine for lots of health problems. What makes it a very efficient healer is that it does not have any side effects. It is a very mild herb that will heal any problem without leaving any damage to the cells.

You also do not have to worry for any damage in the digestive system. It will actually heal all the damaged parts due to the toxins that are trapped inside. After drinking the juice, you will feel healed and cleaned all over.